The long-awaited plan to redevelop and replace the London Drugs in Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood is seeing new signs of life.
Hastings Sunrise Development and Rositch Hemphill Architects have submitted a new rezoning application to redevelop 2585 East Hastings Street — the northwest corner of the intersection of East Hastings Street and Penticton Street, just three blocks west of the PNE.
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The development site spans most of the city block, with a frontage on East Hastings Street that is 330 ft long. Several buildings on either end of the future building footprint have already been demolished in preparation for development. Only the London Drugs building, located mid-block, currently remains.
Stops for TransLink’s R5 RapidBus service between Burrard Station and SFU are within short walking distance.
The proposal calls for a new 72-ft-tall, six-storey building with a total of 150 secured purpose-built market rental homes in the upper levels, with a unit mix of 35 studios, 59 one-bedroom units, 48 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units.
Residents will have access to indoor and outdoor amenities on the second level, and a large outdoor amenity space on the rooftop.
The ground level entails a 25,000-sq-ft replacement London Drugs store with a pharmacy and medical clinic, as as well as a 2,000-sq-ft restaurant unit.
“To address the length of the building, the massing is sculpted in sections with different expression and colours. Towards the east end, a higher volume acts as a point of interest, the appurtenance becoming a cover for the roof top amenity,” reads the design rationale.
There will be public art opportunities along the laneway and the west side of the building.
Two underground levels will accommodate 147 vehicle parking stalls and 315 bike parking spaces.
The total floor area is 140,000 sq. ft., creating a floor space ratio density of 3.54 times the size of the lot. This proposal is being considered under the city’s Rental 100 policy of secured market rental housing.